I have a pair of Minolta 12x50 binos that I got a long time ago. They are OK, but just too shaky. I'm assuming it's because they are 12x. Anyway, I'm looking for a better pair of binos for casual backyward observing (light pollution is a factor), and I thought out some IS binos. From what I see, they are all very pricey. It's hard to justify spending as much or more than my 6" Celestron SCT on a pair of binos. I'm wondering—is the price tag worth it?
Also, Canon seems to be the big player in this market segment. The thing that worries me with them is, I've seen many reviews where users says the outside coating gets sticky and basically starts melting off. Is this common? How is something like this acceptable for such an expensive piece of equipment?
Finally, maybe I'd be better off getting a nice pair of non-IS binos? I'm thinking I need to go lower mag, like 10x or 8x? Any suggestions welcome!